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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Best reads for 2011

Agencies  New Delhi, February 04, 2011
First Published: 16:11 IST(4/2/2011) | Last Updated: 00:40 IST(5/2/2011)

Pulse by Julian Barnes
Pulse moves from Italian vineyards to the English seaside, from a tale of Garibaldi spotting his future life through a telescope while anchored off the Brazilian coast, to the story of a divorced estate agent, who falls in love with a European waitress.

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The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
Wallander delves into the case of the missing man, he uncovers secrets from the cold war that threaten to cause an unprecedented political scandal, while looking back over his own past. 
 
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
It tells of the mind-numbingly boring jobs of employees at an internal revenue service tax centre, and stars a certain ‘David Wallace’.

Project X by Jeffrey Deaver
American thriller writer Deaver, the creator of the quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme, follows in the footsteps of Sebastian Faulks to give us his take on James Bond, in this officially sanctioned new story, currently known as Project X.

The Girl in the Polka-Dot Dress by Beryl Bainbridge
This is the novel Beryl Bainbridge was putting the finishing touches to when she died last July. It’s set around the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. Several witnesses remembered seeing a mysterious girl wearing a polka-dot dress in the Ambassador Hotel. She was never found, and the book sees the five-time Booker shortlisted author imagining how the girl ended up in Los Angeles that night.

The Children of Lovers by Judy Carver
This memoir sees the author recall her difficult, brilliant, conflicted father, William Golding, as he changed from a poor school teacher to a Nobel prize-winning novelist.

The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst
The Stranger’s Child is the intertwined story of two families, from the eve of World War I to the end of the 20th century.

Vagina: A Cultural History by Naomi Wolf
Wolf, feminist author of The Beauty Myth, looks at the “dark continent” of female sexuality, examining attitudes to the vagina from the Greeks and Romans to the present day, and exploring the ways in which they stand as a metaphor for how women are seen, and how they see themselves.

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